Gmail added a new feature into their Labs, which we have been waiting for what seemed like forever: Gmail Tasks.
They added the feature in labs and posted the article on the Gmail blog.
Luckily, they made Gmail Tasks a non-intrusive component to the UI (unlike a Gmail gadget which makes Gmail’s left column extremely long); it uses a Gmail chat window frame.
I don’t think that RTM (Remember the Milk) is going to be too happy.
Tasks vs. RTM in Gmail
The first iteration of Gmail Tasks has a lot of cool features like:
- Tabbed/grouped tasks
- Task due dates
- Task notes
- Manage multiple lists
- Intra-Gmail keyboard shortcuts
- Turn emails into tasks
- Not a gadget!
No gadget here!
Clicking “Tasks” brings up this dialog.
Unfortunately, it’s lacking a lot of features that I hope will come along with time like:
- Colored tasks
- Some kind of reminder (popup/email/audible)
- Integration with Gcalendar
- Creation timestamp (in addition to due date)
- Less bugs…
Right now, RTM has many, many more features:
- Everything that Tasks does
- Twitter integration
- Shared tasks
- Colored tasks
- Lots of other integrations
So as far as feature comparison of product vs. product, of course RTM wins!
However, I believe that in a Gmail context, most users don’t need the full power of RTM. Personally, I just want a fairly simple task list, and Tasks satiates my needs.
RTM provides 2 Gmail integration points: a Firefox extension and a gadget URL.
The Firefox extension is really nice, but its a Firefox extension. Like Opera? Need IE? Like Safari? Too bad. Many corporate/gov’t locations don’t support or allow FF, so you are stuck with the gadget, which makes your left column a skyscraper.